Ching Ming Festival Newsletter

March 2012


Ching Ming Festival 2012


Ching Ming FestivalChing Ming (Qingming in Mandarin) is a day of remembrance, and also marks the beginning of spring. This year, the Festival falls on Wednesday, 4th April.

Also known as the Clear and Bright Festival, Spring Remembrance, Ancestors Day, & Tomb Sweeping Day, this Chinese tradition is observed on the 15th day from the Spring Equinox. It also celebrates the start of the spring season.

Ching Ming is a day of remembrance when local families journey to their ancestors’ graves to perform cleansing rites, pay their respects, and share offerings. Paper offerings — such as paper money, clothes or other accessories — may be burned at grave sites to "provide sustenance" in the afterlife.

Many plan family outings for the day to enjoy the greenery of spring. Kite flying and hiking are especially popular.

Activities in Beijing

Activities in Guangzhou

Country Parks in Hong Kong

Activities in Shanghai



Activities in Beijing


  Picnic / Hiking Places

The Great Wall at Mutianyu
The Great Wall at Mutianyu

Mutianyu is one of three great passes of the Great Wall. You can see it is fully restored and although steep at points, it is not too onerous to climb. You might prefer a section that is more "natural" for a more authentic experience.

Xiangshan ParkXiangzhan

The Xiangshan, part of the Yanshan Mountains, is one of the most favored hiking sites in Beijing.

Whichever sites you choose to see:

• Wear comfortable shoes
• Bring drinking water & supplies
• Be careful if it has been raining or is wet as the path can be slippery
• Breath deeply and enjoy!


  Kite-flying Venues

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen, the largest city square in the world, is a great place to fly a kite. It is rather preferable to fly kites in the afternoon as it will be less crowded. You can buy kites from vendors at the square but if going in the afternoon, note that they can close early!

Temple of HeavenTemple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is a delightful and exquisite place to visit with your family. It is spacious and much more uncovered area than  other parks in Beijing. It is a best kite flying venue so come and show off or learn from the masters.




Activities in Guangzhou


  Picnic / Hiking Places

Yuexiu Park
Yuexiu Park

Yuexiu Park is the largest park in downtown Guangzhou. It consists 3 artificial lakes and 7 hills of Yuexiu Mountain. It is popular for its pretty waters, hills and sculptures

Liwan Lakeliwan lake

Liwan Lake Park is a collection of travel, sports, entertainment, and rest in one multi-functional, comprehensive park. Liwan Park was bulit in 1958, covering an area of about 400,000 square meters, and the lake covers about 2 / 3. 

Yuntai GardenYuntai

The Yuntai Garden, located snugly at the southern foot of the Baiyun Mountain, with a total area of 120,000 sq. It is China’s largest landscaped garden with ornamental exotic flowers and plants.



Country Parks in Hong Kong


Springtime’s Ching Ming Festival may be a perfect time to get some fresh air and explore one of Hong Kong’s 24 country parks, five of which are located on Hong Kong Island, and the others mostly in the New Territories.

Source of information on country parks: Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.


  Tai Tam Country Park

Eastern Hong Kong Island Ching Ming Festival

  • BBQ facilities located along Mount Parker Road & Tai Tam Reservoir Road
  • View the gem of the park, Tai Tam Valley, by Hong Kong Trail Stage 6, walking uphill on Mount Parker Rd about an hour to Quarry Gap, and descending down the southern slopes to an arcadia of woods, streams & lakes. The path encircles around Tai Tam reservoir and ends at Tai Tam Rd.
  • The Wilson Trail’s first two stages & HK Trail’s Stage 5 also cross through this park


  Plover Cove Country Park

Northeastern New Territories Ping Chau Country Trail

  • The Tai Mei Tuk BBQ area is an all-time favourite, offering a spectacular view of the dam.
  • Bride’s Pool is one of the most famous idyllic spots in the park. A magnificent waterfall sets the scene. The Bride’s Pool Nature Trail is 2.1 km long and takes about 1 hour to complete. It offers a delightful nature experience.
  • Ping Chau Country Trail takes you to extraordinary rock formations like Cham Keng Chau & Kang Lau Shek, a great place to watch the sun set.


  Lantau South Country Park

Lantau Island Shek Pik Reservoir

  • BBQ facilities are located in the Southern Lantau catchment area
  • The Ngong Ping Fun Walk is a scenic path suitable for beginners. The end of the trail gives a breathtaking view of Lantau Peak. 45 min/2.5 km
  • The Lantau Trail is a route divided into 12 stages, with the first five being quite physically demanding , and not recommended to be completed in one day. Lantau Peak is Hong Kong’s second highest summit.



Activities in Shanghai


Besides having the traditional dimsum - cornmeal dumpling made up of bromegrass (青团, "Qingtun" in Mandarin), local Shanghai people also enjoy family gathering during the festival. Below are some recommendations.




  Picnic / Hiking Places

Shanghai Botanical Garden
Shanghai Botanical Garden
Address: No.1111 Long Wu Road, Xuhui District
Tel: 5436 3369

Shanghai Zoo
Address: No.2381 Hongqiao Road, Changning District
Tel: 6268 7775

Oriental Greenboat
Address: No.6888 Hu Qing Ping Road, Qingpu District
Tel: 5923 3000


  Kite-flying Venues

Jingan Park
Century Park
Address: No.1001 Jing Xiu Road, Pudong
Tel: 8376 0588

Da Ning Lingshi Park
Address: No.288 West Guangzhong Road, Huangpu

Jingan Park
Address: No.189 Huashan Road, Jingan District


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